It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

We don’t own a Christmas Tree. We’ve had a couple of artificial trees previously, and the last one was actually quite nice, but we gave it to the op shop two house moves ago, partly because our house at the time wasn’t big enough for a tree, and partly because we decided we would rather have a real one. First we tried our hand at a living tree (a species that dates back to dinosaur days!) in a pot, and that lasted, well, one Christmas 😉 so we decided this year to go for a real tree, direct from a farm. We figure it’s good to support a local farmer, it’s good for the environment, and we’ll only have to keep it green for a couple of weeks, which we can hopefully manage!

So it was off to the local Christmas Tree Farm to buy ourselves a tree! Just Molly and I went because, well, the tree was going to take up the entire back of our van being as we have neither roof racks nor a trailer!

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It was a bit exciting! And there were hundreds and hundreds to choose from!
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Some just needed to be hugged!
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Some were a bit too small
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Although they were very, very cute
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And some were waaaaaay too tall!

We realised that we had forgotten to measure the size of the van interior, so we used Molly as a tape measure by getting her to lay down in the back of the van, which actually worked pretty well! 🙂 We realised that the maximum size we could get was just a tad taller than her with her arms stretched up high.

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Finally we found one that was just right. 🙂
All we needed then was a friendly farmer with a saw, a quadbike and a trailer, and the tree was ours!
All we needed then was a friendly farmer with a saw, a quadbike and a trailer!
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The barn where we parted with our money was just so cute, I had to get a photo of it. 🙂
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Carrying the tree over the threshold. 😉
You know those books where you have to spot something on each page? What do you spot in each picture? ;) Someone was VERY interested in our new tree!
You know those books where you have to spot something on each page? What do you spot in each picture? 😉 Someone was VERY interested in our new tree!
Time for some decorations! This is the first year that I have been able to fully and absolutely let go of any sense of control over the end result. Molly was the only child particularly interested in decorating and she was VERY interested, and wanted to do it by herself, so we cranked up the Christmas music and she went for it. Placing the start on top required a bit of creative furniture moving, but was successful in the end!
Time for some decorations! This is the first year that I have been able to fully and absolutely let go of any sense of control over the end result. Molly was the only child particularly interested in decorating and she was actually VERY interested, wanting to do it by herself, so we cranked up the Christmas music and she went for it. Placing the star on top required some problem solving and was successful without any broken bones or upturned trees, which is always a good thing!
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Time to remember a special little boy, who never got to celebrate even one christmas with us, but remains forever in our hearts. We loved you and love you still Cody xo
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On a lighter note, I would like to take a brief moment to remember our Christmas Angel. May she rest in peace. 😉 Forever rejected by a child’s preference for a Christmas Star!
All in a day's work. :) Let the celebrations commence (or continue, as the case may be!)
All in a day’s work. 🙂 Let the celebrations commence (or continue, as the case may be!)

Wishing everyone a wonderful, loving, peaceful, fun Christmas, however you choose to celebrate. Remembering, too, those who grieve or are lonely at this time. xo

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.